In just one week, the Nerdist Podcast Network brought you Nick Frost, David Arquette, the people who bring you Person of Interest, comic writing stalwart Chris Claremont, chip-hop performer Random/Mega Ran, wrestler Austin Aries, Kevin and Steve from Broken Lizard spilling stories of test screenings, Jessica Chobot times two, Amelia Earhart flying again, a whole bunch of great comedians, and Mike and Tom eating ginger snaps. All for you, all for free. Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. Let’s get to it:
Nick Frost’s appearance on the mothership Nerdist Podcast was a real highlight. It was NSFW enough that if I quote any of it, this post will get so flagged that Google will disavow it. It will lodge the phrase “nut butter” in your head, make you think of “boxtroll” in a new light, and will educate you on how Pierce Brosnan smells, which is like “rich leather and unbranded aftershave,” if you must know. Also, celebrity Fleshlights. I told you, you have to listen to this one.
David Arquette gave us a little scoop in his appearance on the Nerdist Podcast, denying a TMZ report that he’d bought the “Crazy Girls” gentlemen’s club in L.A. to turn into a burlesque house. He WAS negotiating, he said, but the price was too high. He’s working on the burlesque thing, though, so stay tuned. The episode is all about L.A. and puppets and clubs and feeling like you’re on the fringe of show business. Chris and David really hit it off in this one, and you can tell.
Person of Interest fans HAVE to listen to this week’s Nerdist Writers Panel, on which the writing staff, creator Jonathan (Jonah) Nolan, and co-showrunner Greg Plageman talked about the long climb to writing on a hit TV series, including the writer’s assistant days, the CBS writers’ program, and the key to keeping the show fresh: killing off characters. And if you’ve got questions about the minute details of the show, chances are you’ll get answers in the audience Q&A. Speaking of panels, the Nerdist Comics Panel caught up with one Chris Claremont, who’s been synonymous with X-Men for a very long time. There’s plenty of Marvel history, especially with Len Wein on hand to reminisce about his time at the helm and, almost as a parting gift, assigning X-Men to Claremont. Guess that worked out well. Again, if you have burning questions about Marvel and Claremont, you’ll probably get answers here in the Q&A, too.
Oh, hey, the new season of Sleepy Hollow started Monday on Fox, and Clarke Wolfe was right on top of it with a new Sleepycast the very next morning with co-star John Noble, showrunner Mark Goffman, and Alex Irvine, author of “The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane.” If you’re at all into the TV show, you HAVE to be listening to SleepyCast every week.
Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanaugh continued their triumphant return (“we’re back, ladies and gentlemen… back in snack”) with a new Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, eating Nabisco Ginger Snaps for the edification of MATES viewers everywhere. And the artist known alternately as Random and Mega Ran, Raheem Jarbo, dropped by for a visit with The Indoor Kids, examining the concept of “chip-hop” and listening to some of his favorites. He also shared how he started using video game files from the old Atomic Fire website and now uses actual original Nintendo sound files to chop up and loop for his tracks. His process is pretty fascinating. And in the intro, Kumail’s voice is oddly deeper than usual, which either gives him gravitas or makes him sound like a serial killer, and Bagel gets too much catnip.
We learned a lot about everyone on a panel of comics on a special You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes recorded live at the High Plains Comedy Festival in Denver. Think of it as Speed Pete-ing. Chris Thayer talked about why he’s called Creepy Chris, we heard about drinking (Southern style vs. the rest of the country — “Oh, you guys aren’t aware of the contest we’re in”) and quitting drinking from Billy Wayne Davis, Kate Berlant remembered a very brief stint selling weed in high school (appropriate for a Denver show), Mike O’Connell delved into faith, Matt Knudsen told about proposing in Vegas, and Nick Thune pondered fatherhood. It was a change from Pete’s usual format, but a funny and interesting one. Did I say fatherhood? Cory Silverberg, the author of “What Makes a Baby,” a book for kids, was on a new Sex Nerd Sandra.
Chobot Double Shot! Yes, our own Jessica Chobot not only had a new Bizarre States on which Jess ‘n’ Bowser talked to old G4 pal Dave Clayman of Bethesda about The Evil Within (coming in October, but you knew that) and the Oklahoma Black Mass, but she also visited Gil on The Mutant Season, talking about video games, her career and how she reconnected with Chris to host Nerdist News, and scary stuff.
We also got a new, delayed Ding-Donger with Matt Braunger, live from Matt’s bedroom, and the intrepid Amelia Earhart (Autumn Reeser) flew again for the American Victory Commission in a new Thrilling Adventure Hour, on which togas are featured. There were not one but TWO Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction episodes, and Ray Gootz took a break from his mission of reading every single issue of Action Comics ever to review some non-Superman comics with the Comic Book Club. On Today We Learned, comic Brady Matthews did the fact thing with Razzle and Dan, featuring some Chicago talk by expats Brady and Razzle (including how to clean the Bean). And What’s New ended its season with Jesus Trejo, Brandon Wardell, and Emily Maya Mills joining Christian Spicer to perform and talk about their comedy.
Even more: On Chewin’ It with Kevin and Steve, you’ll get an inside look at the dreaded test screening process with stories from the guys’ Broken Lizard movie experiences (and you can play the “Institutionalized” drinking game!). Austin Aries and Booker T continued the string of big (literally and figuratively) guests on The Wrestling Compadres Slamcast.
Click here to hear it all. Because you should, and because you’re gonna like it.